What is Parcells's Approach in Miami?
Bill Parcells has been a highly successful rebuilder of NFL teams.
But he's been less than perfect in recent years. He left Dallas without winning a playoff game during his tenure as Cowboys coach. And his signing of Chad Pennington in Miami to take over as the Dolphins' quarterback leaves open the question: What exactly is his approach in Miami as he attempts to turn around a club that went 1-15 last season?
Parcells, after being hired as the club's front office czar, picked a seemingly unnecessary fight with the best player he inherited, Jason Taylor, over the former NFL defensive player of the year's participation in the "Dancing with the Stars" competition during the offseason. Parcells alienated Taylor and ended up trading him to the Washington Redskins.
Fine. At least Parcells got something for Taylor. But by dealing away one of his few competent players, Parcells signaled that the Dolphins were starting over. They would take their lumps for a few seasons and try to assemble a team capable of winning a few years into the future. The logical thing to do would have been to choose one of the team's young quarterbacks, John Beck or Chad Henne, to be the starter and give him a chance to develop in hopes that he'd be a capable quarterback by the time the club around him was ready to be a playoff contender.
Instead, the Dolphins have brought in a 32-year-old quarterback with a history of arm troubles. Does that really make sense on the heels of the Taylor trade? If the priority was to try to return to respectability as quickly as possible, shouldn't the Dolphins have retained Taylor? And if the approach was to start over from scratch, shouldn't they have stayed away from Pennington and given one of their young quarterbacks a chance to play immediately?
Parcells clearly knows how to build--and rebuild--football teams. But these two moves, taken together, don't seem to make much sense.
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